Hip Hop can’t catch a break. Sadly, in less than a week, a second rapper has been shot and killed.
Dallas rapper Mo3, formally known as Melvin Noble, was killed Wednesday while driving on the I-35 freeway in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. According to Complex, another motorist drove up to Mo3’s vehicle. Both individuals exited their cars; that is when Mo3 was chased by the gunman who fired multiple rounds, hitting and killing the rapper.
Videos of the rapper’s death have since gone viral on social media; it graphically shows the rapper lying motionless on the highway as someone gives him CPR.
Mo3 was known for his collaboration with rapper Lil Boosie on Badazz Mo3 and his own solo album Osama.
Mo3 was signed with the record label company Empire who released a statement following his death: “EMPIRE has lost a member of our family today — Dallas’ own MO3,” the imprint wrote. “We share this horrible loss with MO3’s family, team, and fans. His infectious personality and unrivaled talent brought joy and therapy to his legions of followers across the country, We can only ope [sic] to continue his legacy and push forward with the same energy that MO3 shared with the world. Love Live MO3.”
Mo3 described himself as a “gang member turned rapper” earlier this year during an interview with Flaunt. He also discussed candidly discussed his own life struggles and the message of his music. “The black community and the Hispanic community, we deal with a lot of poverty and struggle,” Mo3 said. “I’m giving a message, I’m giving hope. Me, I’ve been a rapper, but you could do whatever you want. You ain’t limited to one thing. I preach that. Whether it’s my story or the next person’s story, they’re going to feel me. They can relate … I’m trying to give a message. I ain’t trying to rap to make it sound good, I want you to feel it. Of course, it has to sound good. That’s the only way they’re going to listen. If it sounds good and you’re talking about something, you don’t just get them to listen — you give them a follow.”
A bystander was also wounded during the shooting. They were taken to the hospital for non-threatening injuries.